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Lithograph of bird species "Carpodacus cassinii and Melospiza fallax"

Lithograph of bird species "Carpodacus cassinii and Melospiza fallax"

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This lithograph of “Carpodacus cassinii [Baird] and Melospiza fallax [Baird];” now "Carpodacus cassinii" (Cassin’s finch) and "Melospiza melodia fallax" (Song sparrow) was drawn by an unknown artist. It was printed as Plate XXVII in the zoological report of volume X of Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, “Report of Exploration for a Railway Route (near the thirty–fifth Parallel of North Latitude) from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, by Lieutenant A. W. Whipple, Corps of Topographical Engineers; assissted by Lieutenant J.C. Ives, Corps of Topographical Engineers.” Though the zoological report was ready in 1853–1854, the volume was not printed until 1859 by A.O.P. Nicholson in Washington, D.C.
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Object Name
Object Type
Tinted Lithograph
date of section
date of book publication
Nicholson, A. O. P.
Whipple, Amiel Weeks
Ives, Joseph Christmas
original artist
Kennerley, Caleb Burwell Rowan
graphic artist
Bowen & Co.
U.S. War Department
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Command
original artist
Mollhausen, H. B.
Mollhausen, H. B.
location of book publication
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 18 cm x 23.8 cm; 7 1/16 in x 9 3/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Transcontinental Railroad
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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